A recent graduate of Basilan State College, Nurhati Alimin Tangging and her colleagues in the Basilan Young Leaders Program started the “STANBY” project, an initiative which taught at-risk youth entrepreneurial skills to use in the workforce. Currently, Tangging is an executive assistant at the Office of the Regional Governor. As a leader in the “Natural na Pamamaraan Tungo sa Malusog na Pamayanan” in Sulutan Matangal, Hadji Mohammad Ajul, Basilan, a youth driven community service organization, Tangging helps alleviate health issues by providing a communal herbal garden and organic vegetable garden for the livelihood of farmers. Tangging believes through leadership development programs and other skill enhancement activities, youth develop a higher level of critical thinking about their communities and will prepare them to plan and implement projects to improve the community.
“Through having programs such as leadership programs and other skill development activities for the youth, enhancement of skills and higher level of critical thinking about their communities is possible. Connections / networking is a huge help for future accomplishments as they may establish an organization with the same goal. Unity is built. Early training for young individuals and a proper mindset is a good start to have better employment opportunities in the future. Early exposure will prepare them to plan and implement project. Investing in young people will never be a bad decision.”
Nurhati Tangging’s project was to lead a small team to a rural area to profile members of the Abu Sayyaf Group who had recently surrendered and wanted to be reintegrated into society. Her team worked with local villagers to help plant seeds and encourage the community to come together to assist with the reintegration efforts. Tangging’s report details the considerable efforts and achievements her group has made.